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Burbank Takes on Puppy Mills – Part 1

On October 16, members of the community, animal rescue organizations, and local pet store owners gathered at the Burbank City Council meeting to weigh in on the highly emotional issue of the sale of dogs and cats in Burbank, with a focus on commercially bred animals sourced from “puppy mills.”

While there are numerous local, state, and federal laws regulating pet shops and animal sales, animal rights groups contend those regulations are either not adequately enforced, or  are not sufficient to protect the rights of animals shipped to Burbank from commercial breeders (mostly from out of state, sourced in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas).

Pet shop owners believe their animals are well-cared for, checked upon receipted by veterinarians,  come from reputable breeders, and comply with all applicable regulations and laws.

Over the next three weeks BurbankNBeyond will look at the issue in detail, from the positions of animal rights groups such as Best Friends Animal Society and Burbank CROP, as well as from the position of pet store owners.

As with any highly charged and emotional issue, there is certainly room for arguments on both sides of the debate.

BurbankNBeyond will look at the following issues leading up to a planned Mid-January council meeting and decision on the issue:

  • The regulatory environment
  • Position of pet store owners
  • Positions of council members
  • Issue of online (Internet) pet sales
  • Position of animal rescue and animal rights groups
  • Public opinion or polls

BurbankNBeyond believes this, like all issues, should be decided on the basis of facts.  We welcome comments and opinions, as well as factual experiences that will help highlight the issue.  Please send any comments, leads, experiences, or recommendations on the issue to savageau@pacific-tier.com.

Links to references related to the debate on Burbank Pet Sales are at:

City Council Meeting Agenda – 16 Oct 2012

City Council Meeting Agenda – 27 Mar 2012


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John Savageau is a life long telecom and Internet geek, with a deep interest in the environment and all things green. Whether drilling into the technology of human communications, cloud computing, or describing a blue whale off Catalina Island, Savageau will try to present complex ideas in terms that are easily appreciated and understood.

Savageau is currently focusing efforts on data center consolidation strategies, enterprise architectures, and cloud computing migration planning in developing countries, including Azerbaijan, The Philippines, Palestine, Indonesia, Moldova, Egypt, and Vietnam.

John Savageau is President of Pacific-Tier Communications dividing time between Honolulu and Burbank, California.

A former career US Air Force officer, Savageau graduated with a Master of Science degree in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas and also received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Asian Studies and Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland.